If you're looking for an action and "turn brain off now" film, just don't watch it and spare us the 6-7 hearts review.
I for one, am very tired from 500$m crap like Indi Day and Marvel's poop. So I was very excited to watch this one.
This one is more like Spielberg's Encounters from the Third Kind. It's more about the characters in the film and the amazing journey they go through. It's mostly about the human behavior that will make you think.
While it's not an End of the World aliens movie like Battle: Los Angeles, it still offers great amount of military presence and plenty of stuff that's going on.
So if you actually want to care about an intelligent movie and use your head - go. Otherwise, go watch an X men.
Highly recommended for some audience 10/10.
2-feb-2017 edit: Just came out on Bluray and I saw it again. Definitely keeping my rating.
Villeneuve follows up "Sicario" with a gem. A deep, twisty and emotional sci-fi piece. Aspects of time, how we view life experiences, communication and and if we would still choose paths even knowing the outcome are a few theme that are touched upon. Jóhannsson again composes a masterpiece score instilling the needed wonderment and fear first contact would dictate. And of course a great cast including Adams, Renner and Whitaker. Just awesome, gotta see it again!
Subtle, imaginative, and well-told story that doesn't rely on big-budget effects or a body count. Original, unique concepts weaved together for an enjoyable movie. If you're looking for high-tech space battles, fast-paced action and death -- this isn't that kind of SciFi -- move along... ;-)
So the free choice does not exist? I'm not buying it. Also, why the less advanced species are supposed to learn the more advanced language? This would be like expecting that people wait till dogs start to communicate in English.
Prisoners, Sicario and now Arrival - Denis Villeneuve proves once again that he is one of Hollywood's finest directors. This movie is one of the best movies of 2016 and one of the best sci-fi movies I've seen lately. It was very thought provoking, and everything about it was nothing but amazing - the acting (especially Amy Adams, who was brilliant as usual), the cinematography, the suspense & the atmosphere. Definitely an Oscar deserving movie.
Discovering this plot as it unfolds is such a joy. The themes may be hammered home a little hard towards the end, but I don't care because it's powerful and important.
Excellent sci-fi movie that requires an active brain to enjoy it... But I still wanted to know more about Portuguese! D:
Wow, I did not expect this film. The hook alone is more than worth the experience - I gasped out loud when I realized what it was. Beautiful and emotional story.
Heavy on the fiction, weak on the science. This makes the human race look incredibly stupid. They are completely guessing at what the aliens are saying. They have no proof at all. Seems to me, beings would be able to decipher our simple symbols before we could make any progress with theirs, duh! They mastered space travel didn't they?
Also, in order to communicate in a first contact situation would be to use symbols that we both have in common, and the only thing that we could have in common would be the elements of the periodic table. Quantum physics would be the only way to communicate initially.
Last point, and this goes along with the first point. They mastered space travel, obviously superior. Wouldn't they have first contact protocols ready, before they actually land. Why come and just sit there looking stupid? Awaiting a primitive species to figure you out. Wouldn't they at least take the lead, not let some dumb college teacher to bumble things up.
I'm sorry but this movie is just plain dumb. At least the science portion of it is.
What an amazing journey.This movie is wonderful.You need to pay attention so you can understand what's going on.It reminds me to the butterfly effect.
Disappointed.....while basis of the movie is intriguing the execution was extremely poor. I love sci-fi's that are more than visual effects and action so I appreciate the depth of this film. This isn't your typical alien invasion storyline it really had the potential to be a great movie. There was also such a lack of emotion it seemed like the entire cast as on xanex!!! The ending was also very weak and left too many questions unanswered.
If you're looking to kill some time or veg on a Sunday afternoon give it a watch but this is NOT a main attraction movie night film.
This is Sci-Fi at it's finest. An original and emotional exploration of the nature of language and time, and a masterfully done sequence of what a plausible non-extintion level first contact would look. Every element fits cohesively to build a strong atmosphere; music, cinematography, audio effects are top notch and will stick with me probably forever. I wanted to rewatch this move the moment it ended.
This movie talks more broadly than just Science fiction. It talks about language, non-linear time, and decision.
Over all a fine movie. Good for a one over, I think the rewatch-ability of it is very low.Overall...Pros- The communication element and focus on that element was neat and different.- The effects were decent. Though this is more of the lower side of a pro though because I've seen video games with better looking CGI than they used during the climax. That was a bit jarring. They're decent, nothing to write home about.- The alien language looked cool. Yes it's a shallow reason, so sue me.
Cons- Super generic character behaviors. Unfortunately it couldn't escape the sameness that all alien encounter movies seem to share.- Lots of useless people. If you're like me you will only know 2 of the characters names by the end. The rest are either functionally useless, or cliche "imma just get in your way" roles.- and my biggest annoyance we never find out what crisis the aliens needed humanity's help with. That would have mades MUCH more interesting movie. Instead we're just left to wonder because like virtually all alien encounter films only the humans story gets too told.
I missed movies like this one
One of my favourites of this year. Amy is such a treat. Denis Villenueve once again hits it out of the park. Love the music and drive notes. Amazing aliens. Wicked cool writing by aliens.
This movie takes us to interesting places, exploring the barriers of language that meeting an alien race would pose, the geopolitical impact of the first contact with an extraterrestrial life, the mystery of... "Why are they here!?" but it sells itself short, going instead to a rushed third act with no REAL explanation whatsoever for why these creatures have come to the earth. This movie is amusing at times but very disappointing overall.
I don't understand why this is considered to be such a life-affirming movie. I just don't. I was bored most of the time, mildly intrigued sometimes, and downright confused how the end of the movie is supposed to be so special. Oy. Not a terrible movie. Just not a mind bending spectacular film the critics are calling it.
It's essentially the "squidward teaches humans a special language" movie.
Whoever watched this expecting loads of action and weird alien stuff got disappointed, because this movie is 100% about humans their emotions and interactions, it was all I wanted in a movie and I'm so satisfied with it! A beautiful work and highly recommended if you like a movie about HUMANS not ALIENS.
Cinematic masterpiece. I love everything about this movie.
Boring, confusing, incoherent and wants to be one of those "what if?" movies. Skip
Arrival is probably the most beautiful film of 2016. Denis Villeneuve continues to blow me away with his direction. He elevates a script that was already incredible with great locations, great cinematography and one of Amy Adams best performances yet.
One of the most baffling sci-fi movies I have seen in years. The complete opposite of Independence Day, this was a thought provoking though puzzling film with stellar performances from Adams and Renner. Don't go into this expecting the alien destruction of the White House (sorry Trump haters). For the patient viewer this is deep, rewarding science fiction.
The (mostly) faithful adaptation of the science fiction short story "The Story of Your Life' by Ted Chiang. The short story is absolutely fantastic, with an original premise and flawless execution. Therefore I had high hopes for the movie. And despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with the movie, there is also nothing great about it. It is a pretty conventional adaption. Because part of the charm of the story is not only the twist ending (which the movie keeps), but also the beautiful language which describes the time perspectives. And those were not kept in the movie. Thus, we were left with the visual medium trying to convey the poetry of words. Yes, visually stunning shots helps to do that, and the movie tries its best to be a stunning visual experience. But in this case the words themselves added immensely to the story. The movie starts with a voice-over narration. They should have done a lot more of that, quoting the short story language.
Villeneuve elevates Arrival's source material to the very zenith of great storytelling through excellent production design and an incredible, intensely-emotional plot, bolstered (and blessedly not sidelined by) the science-fiction concepts at its core. A must-watch, and my all-time-favourite.
Did she really at the end decide to have the child anyway, knowing about the deadly, untreatable disease? That seems like a pretty clear decision, why would you want to do that to your potential child? Unless I missed something, that seems morally very wrong.
Do you dislike feeling like you've been lied to, or shown seriously misleading information? Read this before you watch, so you can watch out for that: This movie contains unreliable time telling. Events that seems to be happening before or after other events, may actually not be.
First half was really good. Second half was the usual Hollywood stuff. Shame
Spectacular, thought provoking, intelligent sci-fi. Beautiful to look at and the sound design is fantastic.
Wow, what an amazing movie. The story is brilliant and thought-provoking. Amy Adams delivers a great performance and the soundtrack is just beautiful.
This is how a human alien interaction would be.
Still fantastic on rewatch. Crazy to think Denis Villeneuve did this then Blade Runner 2049 only a year later. He really knows hows to do sci-fi. One of my favorite directors working right now.
Es una historia perfecta, y la parte de ciencia ficción no es la más importante.
It’s good but very boring
This blew my mind. I expected just another alien invasion movie and got something to think about instead. The story has a bit of a slower starting pace but once you get in to it it just gets very interesting. The aliens are beautful and the ending is truly not what I expected at all, mind blowing stuff and very heartbreaking. One of the best alien movies.
I love that feeling when I can see that the movie is going to be at least a great experience just after the first 10 minutes. You can see right from the start that everything was thought through carefully, every shot so well made, the cast is good, the atmosphere, the lighting and sound are top-notch and the premise a mystery. Arrival takes its time but is never boring.
As far as I know this story is adapted from a book and although Villaneuve didn't invent any of the twists or how the story was structured, he did an amazing job adapting it to the screen.
Arrival is a must-see in the sci-fi genre and one of the best movies I have seen, ever. If you are looking for an action film about aliens invading Earth, then forget it. This is a serious movie and revolves around science and philosophy. You can't really turn your brain off and enjoy it, you have to think and pay attention because every second matters and contributes to the overall experience.
Sorry but this movie was a waste of time.
Arrival is an alien movie without alien as its central subject. It's more like a drama revolving its main character, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), on cracking the way we communicate and experience our life. It rests on Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language shapes the way our mind think. Utilizing this hypothesis, the movie build on a premise that gives us an interesting non-linear technique in presenting the story and reveal a surprising twist in the end while still manage to grasp the audience suspense (without awkwardly dumbing it down like many other movies with a twist).
However, as it is centered mostly on Louise, the people and setting around her feel rather bland and weak. Major supporting character Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), despite having long enough screen time, appear nothing more than a prop to Louise. Relationship between them come off as a bit janky and sudden near the end. A number of other supporting character, especially Shang (Tzi Ma), also feel like a shallow plot device to keep the story going.
Still a good one for the interesting premise, not the best one for the execution though.
Intelligent and purposefully directed, Arrival succeeds in its' ambitious themes despite sedate pacing and uneven characterization.
amy adams breathing loudly into her microphone the entire movie is super annoying. can't even concentrate on the movie
Since interstellar I've been waiting for a movie that will blow my mind like it did. Simply amazing!
Sooo... well made movie, good acting (the white house people were a bit to dumb but who knows, it is not like I will ever witness that ;) and quality filming including fx. The ending was a bit odd though.... let's just say it felt like a thriller that deals with catching a serial killer and after 1.5 hours you see the end trailer and a voice narrates that they caught the guy. Done... what?
Terrible don't waste your time
An emotional, spine-tingling movie. Highly recommended.
amy addams every movie she starts in have an interesting story and this is one is no different.
You may find yourself waiting over 2 hours to something to happen... And that something, indeed, will never happen. It's questionable the whole plot, when the aliens do not do anything over the whole movie, and at the finale when you're expecting for a "massive" attack ends on nothing, so the overhelming suspense has no reason to be...
I appreciate the ride offered and was entertained by "Arrival" but if this came in any less competent package my rating would be much lower. Instead of relying on explosions as other Hollywood titles of this kind do were instead focusing on an outer space mystery while still not presenting "human characters"* which is something the story asked for (they're all just a backdrop to for our Mary Sue anyways). Tying into this does the world building which was questionable at best along with quite a few stupid people in charge.
*Might also mention the usage of Max Richter's "Nature of Daylight" here; it does not magically conjure emotional connections for your characters on screen and I would even go as far and say that it's not at all suitable as a complementary track (the use in the opening sequence was esp. awful imho).
This film could be 30minutes and finish...I just watched it because it was interesting how they described the alien and the language...after seing it the film was over... So dont waste time till the end, skip your player and watch every 10 minutes, and save your time...
Such a good movie.. bravo!
I loved it, I had not seen a movie so deep of mind for a long time! SPOILER >>>> !!!!!!! As expected in the future, it could not be otherwise... the "aliens" will save us from ourselves...;) As a call changed the course of some fatal events... WOW a 10.
Great movie but the dig at Australia over the aboriginals was very wrong to bring up...how dare they bring that into a scifi movie, nothing to do with the movie......so disrespectful to the Australian people....
de l'humanité pas de violence enfin un bon film
I was expecting an action thriller movie based on the trailer with a twist thrown in, but instead I got a drama thriller. When they said aliens I expected all out war and action not a slow suspense movie. It wasn't a bad movie just not what I was hoping for going into this science fiction thriller. A bit too slow at times but a very good script with good actors.
This movie requires thinking and I wanted more of turn off your brain kind of action. I'm simple I will admit that and I know what I felt like. Again this was a very good movie but not for everyone.
A spectacular movie. The acting, directing, and sound was all top notch.
this is by far the worst movie in a long time don't waste you time ..BORING
As much as I truly enjoyed this movie upon the first viewing, I think I need to watch it again and again to comprehend all that goes on, like Interstellar.
The soundtrack stuck out the most to me. The end scene's piece 'On the Nature of Daylight', was so beautiful and even outdid the visuals at conveying the emotion of the scene and what it is to be human. I also liked the touch of Cello throughout the movie, as it gives the sound of humanity.
Many people are thrilled of this movie so I was curious why. I went to the cinema, watched it and honestly I don't know what they are thrilled of :) For me it's just another sci-fi movie with nice legacy but we've already seen this in many different forms. The end is a little bit confusing because of time paradox but you just have to take it as it is. Don't think about it much or your head might explode :) If you like sci-fi go for it but do not expect any action in this movie, it's not about that. It's about legacy to mankind.
This was complete rubbish. I go to see all styles of movie's, comedy, horror, action, thriller, suspense. This wasn't any of them. If you go to see this, take a pillow. You'll get the best 2 hours sleep of your life.
this will be short..probably some will like it but this is no edge of your seat movie possible interesting storyline but not a movie I would recommend.. in my opinion BORING comes to mind
This is not a perfect movie. There are times where it seems a little lost in its own story, especially anything to do with time. Time travel is tricky AF, and this movie has issues with it as well.
All told, I really enjoyed it. I love the idea that time doesn't only run forward (thanks, physics), I love the idea that the way we view the world is influenced by our language (thanks, linguistics), and I love thoughtful sci-fi. It didn't blow my mind because I figured out the "twist" pretty early on, but it was well done enough that having that knowledge didn't ruin the movie for me.
I loved this. Taking an appropriately bleak view of how our current governments would approach this type of encounter. But shining a light on a more enlightened scientific and thoughtful approach. Also, Amy Adams is terrific as always.
Without being a master piece, be it of sound or visual, this is a nice experience that will make you think and wonder.
"If you could see all your life from start to finish, would you change things?"
This movie brings an interesting approach to Time, which you would’t expect from a sci-fi movie where an extra terrestrial species makes contact.It made me think about how foreseeing the future could either allow you to shape it or become crazy trying. If you were writing the book you will read, where would the content come from? Do you see what actually is or what you want the future to be. And therefore do you even see the future? Or do you see a future? Probably you’d go crazy and live a life of regrets from what could have been but wasn’t.
7.5/10 another great movie from Denis he is one of the best nowdays!
It was okay. The premise was very interesting and I think that they had just focused on the building communication aspect, maybe a bit like Nell, I would have liked it more. I'm not sure the twist was necessary.
I've never seen straight actors struggle so hard to pretend to be into each other like Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in this movie.
Wonderfull story, wonderfull actors, no glamour effects. Just inimaginable!
Excelente película sobre emociones humanas.
Se tornou um dos meus filmes favoritos.
Devido aos temas abordados (não-linearidade do tempo, espaço, etc.), assemelha-se bastante ao Interestelar. Entre seus méritos, ao contrário de seu semelhante, possui um enredo que encaixa-se bem no tempo de filme e há um clímax principal que funciona muito bem, além de haver um entrelaçamento entre enredos que faz sentido.
Apesar de ser um filme sci-fi, aborda o tema da linguagem e a sua influência em nossa forma de pensar, um tema de humanas (?), o que foi uma "inovação" interessante.
Por fim, é um bom filme humano com um fundo sci-fi, ou seja, complementa Interestelar, não o contradiz. Perde no requisito científico, porém ganha facilmente na construção dos personagens (embora eles estejam fadados a muitos clichês) e do ritmo da trama.
Peaceful, beautiful & contemplative scifi featuring one of the finest performances in the genre by Amy Adams. Story starts out simple but adds depth & layers towards the end. Visually beautiful & with astounding music, it twists & turns, becoming surprisingly dark. Classic!
My rewiew about “Arrival”ENhttps://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/10/arrival-review-amy-adams-jeremy-renner-science-fictionhttps://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/arrival-2016https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarkehttps://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein Well, in the beginning I was deeply interested in this movie because I like linguistic thematics and clever sci-fy deeds, and, in my lonely opinion, it holds these two topics in a very bright manner. Nevertheless, the movie in itself didn’t impressed me, the development of the alien code didn’t received its real emphasis to me, and I was saddly expecting it, and the movie fell in some dumb platitudes such as that last conversation between the protagonist and the major Chinese general, I have my objections to simple-minded and careless sentences such as “let’s just preserve the global peace” because it didn’t fit in our contemporary reality. Although, it’s necessary to say that the movie’s initial ideia was just fantastic, and that its insight to put an reading-future hability in the alien code was breathless as well. Moreover, I just enjoyed that guardian’s rewiew about this movie, and the Arthur C Clark and Wittgenstein’s comantareis fited perfectly in this context, or don’t you agree that “there is just 2 possibilities in our world: We are alone in the universe or we are not, and both are, equally terrifieng”¿
Surprising plot, inspired direction, good acting (especially Amy Adams). A renewed vision of the first contact.
Another gem from Villeneuve.
I need to see it a second time, not so much because it happened to me on other occasions, I was tired, but because I need to rest it better. Surely end up figuring among the incontestable classics of this type of affairs, and I will not be the one to discuss it, but again, I have that pinch of relative dissatisfaction to embrace unconditionally. Still, it's very good.
Film barat berjudul “Arrival” ini merupakan film yang menceritakan tentang sebuah pesawat ruang angkasa misterius yang turun ke bumi. Kemudian untuk menginvestigasi pesawat ruang angkasa tersebut, dibentuk sebuah tim yang dipimpin oleh seorang dokter dan juga ahli bahasa, yaitu Dr. Louise Banks ( Amy Adams ) untuk menyelidikinya.
Dr. Louise Banks harus berpacu dengan waktu untuk mencari jawaban dan memecahkan misteri ruang angkasa tersebut yang juga bisa mengancam hidupnya serta seluruh kemanusiaan ini.
Loved it. Great story well delivered.
There was a lot that was good in this movie, but there were also some issues for me. The concept itself was very interesting. It's first contact from a linguistic perspective. It's the confusion, the hours of studying, learning, coordinating. This isn't action, it's about a process of growth and learning. So, overall it was very interesting, but there were two things that can be very frustrating. The first is that the plot jumps around a lot. At the end you begin to understand why and it all starts to come together, but that doesn't change the fact that about 3/4 of the movie feels very jumbled and disjointed. The second issue is that it is very slow. Now, I understand that in real life a process like this does months, and is very tedious and slow, but that doesn't make for a very enjoyable movie. With all the jumping around and downtime, it can feel boring at times. All that aside, Amy Adams does a great job and it's an interesting movie, but I just didn't love it. I liked it but didn't love it.
From my point of view the main message of this movie is how powerful and important language and time is.
Throw great characters in a bowl with a strong and emotional plot and stellar editing (including a state of the art usage of the Kuleshov effect which sums up huge parts of the message in the beginning of the movie (w/o realising it @ the moment you see it)) and you will get Arrival, a science-fiction masterpiece!
Haters will hate, but I really liked this movie.It's nothing like Independence day or anything I've ever seen before.I really was surprised that the girl you see die in the beginning actually isn't born yet. That really messed with my mind!
la película es impresionantemente buena!
It wasn't bad, but kinda bored me, nothing much happened...
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and CONTACT had a baby and they called it ARRIVAL. A quiet and gentle bit of sci-fi with a nonlinear romance and some tragedy thrown in for good measure, the only problem for me was that there was little in the way of chemistry between the leads. For that part of the story, at least, someone other than Adams would have been a better casting choice.
This is good movie, offering different view point!
Very nice movie with a good story line. finally a movie that is filmed in a different angle (not like indepence day or so) but to make really contact
Not as spectacular as I expected, but the new language and everything around it was cool :)
I know, China is the badass who always wants to fk the waorld up.
I know deeply.
Not great, but not at all bad... It thinks it's smarter than it actually is, but I found it quite predictable.
This movie was a false representation. They market this as an alien filled psi-fi fest- and it hardly delivers. Not sure if they were trying to put together a think piece- or try and make it seem like language studies are more important than they truly are.
There is hardly any alien, or military visuals in the film. Hardly any screen time with the martians- that isn't completely blurred.
You'll get about half way through this movie and think to yourself, "I know this isn't getting any better- but I'm already half way..."
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I love movies that make me think. "Arrival" is one of them.
Denis Villeneuve is becoming one of my favourite directors of his generation. Since "Prisoners" in 2013, he has been on fire with "Enemy" (2014) and last year with "Sicario".
Don't expect a typical alien movie like "Independece Day" or "Cloverfield".
If you know Villeneuve's work, expect a movie that in the end will leave you with several questions (which may only be answered with a second display).
Like is previous works, "Arrival" is a slow burn movie that pays off in the third act with a brutal ending where most of your questions throughout the movie will be answered.
Also, to highlight the performance of Amy Adams (she might get her sixth nomination for an Oscar) and the screenplay by Eric Heisserer.
Came in with low expectations but ended up really enjoying this one! Don't sit down and turn off brain 9/10
Uh - clever. Very clever.Not what I expected at all.
Really interesting story and plot-twist, but I'm rating it a 8.5 for lack of closure concerning certain aspects. Loved it though!
Best of 2016, Just Outsanding.
Smart, refreshing & artistically beautiful. However, there were quite a few things that didn't make sense and quite a few things I wish were elaborated or concluded better.
well that shit was kind of depressing. doesn't feel like a film about aliens though, even though it's promoted as one. the moral is that life fucking sucks. i kangaroo anything else.
Watching the movie a second time (knowing everything that is going to happen but enjoying it immensely) is the right way to do it thematically.
I don't know if it just my "render", but movie seems to have quite low contrast, that kinda fit overall feeling, so maybe it is intentional.
Audio issue where when you set up volume to hear dialog other noises are just extensively loud (ie. helicopter) is present, but it is not as bad as in action movies.
Otherwise nice movie.
Tought, considering audio bullshit, i should give 1/10.
I absolutely love this movie, now i've heard some people say they didn't love it cause you didn't see enough aliens and stuff..but i wonder if they really watched the movie. This movie is so cleverly done that you have to pay attention the whole time, and when the end comes I hope you've paid attention and that you'll be blown away like I was. This movie was put together so cleverly that it will rank among the greatest of all time...remember when you 1st saw the 6th sense? well be prepared cause this will blow you away too...if you don't get my comment then i'm sorry you prolly didn't get the whole movie
One of the Best movies in 2016.